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Tailored training and support for LGBT+ organisations and groups

Programme Overview

Tailored training and support for LGBT+ organisations and groups

This project provides a space to reflect, learn, and build your practice for working with and supporting LGBT+ people of faith.

Through discussions with our expert interfaith facilitators and other professionals working in the LGBT+ sector, as well as video encounters with LGBT people of faith, you will improve your confidence and skills for creating inclusive spaces, having conversations about faith, and dealing with the specific challenges that may arise.

Why are we running this programme?

As the UK’s leading interfaith organisation, we have over 20 years’ experience working with people of different faiths and beliefs in schools, universities, workplaces and community groups.  We aim for people of all identities to be able to be themselves in all settings.

  • In 2017, 14% of LGBT Consortium member organisations and groups reported a rise in service users who were LGBT people of faith (LGBT Consortium, 2017).
  • LGBT people who belong to a non-Christian faith are more likely than LGBT people in general to have experienced a hate crime…with 30% experiencing this in the last year (Stonewall, 2017).
  • Six per cent of LGBT young people regularly attend a place of worship. 50% of those say they feel welcome there as an LGBT person.  (Stonewall, 2017).
  • “As the national membership organisation for LGBT groups, projects and organisations, we recognise the need for trainings which enable organisations that support LGBT people to become even more inclusive. Religion is one of the areas where progress needs to be made” Paul Roberts, CEO of LGBT Consortium.

What will you gain?

In a one-day training session, participants from LGBT+ organisations / groups will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of faith identity
  • Learn practical skills for sensitive and effective communication about faith and belief
  • Explore strategies for creating, convening and holding inclusive spaces
  • Gain tools for confidently dealing with difficult moments, should they arise
  • Plan ways to improve your existing spaces, programmes and events

Within one month of the training you will participate in a 121 coaching and support call, to help you ensure what you have learnt is being implemented and to discuss challenges specific to your organisation or group.

To have maximum impact, places on the programme are restricted to one person per LGBT+ organisation or group. This can be a staff member or volunteer. We recommend someone who works face-to-face with members of the public, or who is responsible for your public-facing work who could cascade learning to others.

What are we looking for?

  • A commitment to participating in a full one-day training session (09.45-17.00), and one short minute follow-up phone call
  • A passion for inclusivity and a drive to make positive change

We ask for a contribution of £20 per organisation / group to help cover our costs.  However, we do have two free places available per training for groups for whom this is a barrier.

 

Registering your interest

To register your interest in the programme, and to select the training day you wish to attend, please fill in the form below. We will aim to be in touch with you within 14 days.

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